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Peter Thiel

Peter Andreas Thiel (October 11, 1967) is an American business magnate, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. With Elon Musk and Max Levchin, ... More »Peter Andreas Thiel (October 11, 1967) is an American business magnate, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. With Elon Musk and Max Levchin, Thiel co-founded PayPal and was its CEO. He currently serves as president of Clarium Capital, a global macro hedge fund with under $700 million in assets under management, and a managing partner in The Founders Fund, a $275M venture capital fund that he launched with Ken Howery and Luke Nosek in 2005. He was an early investor in Facebook, the popular social-networking site, and sits on the company’s board of directors. Thiel was ranked #365 on the Forbes 400 in 2010, with a net worth of US$1.5 billion. However, this number now underestimates his wealth as his Facebook share alone, at a 2010 valuation, is worth US$1.7bn. Peter Thiel lives in San Francisco, California. Born in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, and raised in Foster City, California, Thiel was a US-rated Chess Master and one of the highest ranked under-21 players in the country... [ Wikipedia ]

AppDirect raises $35M in round led by Peter Thiel's Mithril

AppDirect, a startup that helps companies sell businesss apps through the cloud, has raised $35 million in a round led by Peter Thiel 's Mithril Capital Management. The San Francisco company led by co-CEO Daniel Saks said that existing investors iNovia Capital and Foundry Group also ...

Peter Thiel's Mithril leads $35 million investment in AppDirect

Peter Thiel's MIthril Capital Management has led a $35 million Series C round of investment in AppDirect, which sells software for managing online markets for buying cloud services for companies that include Samsung and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Daniel Saks, co-founder and co-CEO of ...

Silicon Valley reviewed: HBO’s new series is one big wasted opportunity.

Harsh would be tech billionaire Peter Thiel plotting to build a private offshore nation on the one hand while building government surveillance tools with his company Palantir on the other. Harsh would be Zynga ex-CEO Mark Pincus doing “ every horrible thing in the book just to get ...

Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG

A $250 million round led by Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, which Airbnb raised in 2012, was only disclosed publicly in 2013 (at TC Disrupt in Berlin, as it happened). In other words, it isn’t clear when the company when the company will announce this round, either. What it will mean is ...

Why investors are pouring millions into Kickstarter and Indiegogo

" Consider: Investor Peter Thiel "was able to get into Facebook early on at a $5 million valuation [but] the public wasn't able to get in until the I.P.O. at a $104 billion valuation," Neiss said. "These early investors in crowdfunding platforms are betting on who will be the next ...

The London Fintech Boom TransferWise And Others Hit Record Numbers

Note that the canny Peter Thiel, PayPal’s co-founder, is one of their investors. The company, rumoured to be partnering with Facebook, has seen the total volume of cash sent it sends internationally jump from £125 million to £1 billion inside just 11 months. TransferWise’s peer-to-peer ...

Amid Reports Facebook Is Eyeing Up Financial Services, TransferWise Hits £1 Billion In Transfers

... the European P2P money transfer service TransferWise, has hit a major milestone today: Its platform has processed £1 billion of customers’ money, an eight-fold increase — £125m to £1bn — since May last year when the company raised a $6 million series A round led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures...

AppDirect Raises $35 Million From Mithril To Grow Its Enterprise Cloud Marketplace

Led by Peter Thiel’s Mithril Capital, the new financing will be used to expand the company’s international presence and continue its product development. Existing investors, including iNovia Capital and Foundry Group, also participated. Founded in 2009, the company sells its online ...

Booktrack Raises $3M To Add Soundtracks To E-Books, Launches Classroom Version

Booktracks previously raised $2 million from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, filmmaker Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Productions, and others — the company said those previous investors also participated in the new round...

Quora Wants To Stay Independent, Raises $80M Series C From Tiger Global At ~$900M Valuation

Tiger said they were willing to hold on to our stock for 10 years which is a perfect alignment with our strategy.” The $80 million round was joined by Quora’s previous investors Benchmark, Matric Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, and Peter Thiel. It more than doubles Quora’s ...

Question-and-Answer Site Quora Raises $80 Million

The Series C round is being led by Tiger Global Management, and four existing Quora investors are also participating – Benchmark Capital, Matrix Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners and Peter Thiel. Quora would not reveal what valuation the new round placed on the company. But people ...

Q&A platform Quora raises $80M and aims to expand internationally

The round was led by Tiger Global and including participation from Benchmark, Matrix, Northbridge, and Peter Thiel. Mark Bodnick, Quora’s head of business operations, declined to confirm how much money the company has raised in total since it launched in 2010 , but estimates based on ...

Artificial Intelligence Startup Vicarious Grabs Funding From Bezos, Benioff And Jerry Yang

Artificial Intelligence Startup Vicarious Grabs Funding From Bezos, Benioff And Jerry Yang After Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel and other Silicon Valley notables plunked down capital in a $40 million growth round for San Francisco-based artificial intelligence startup Vicarious, a few more ...

Keen On… Nanotechnology: How It Changes Everything

A distinguished musician, research scientist, university professor and theater producer, Putman’s latest technology startup is Nanotronics Imaging, a Brooklyn, N.Y. based pioneer of nanotechnology which includes Peter Thiel as an investor and board member. It may not be a coincidence...

Five British tech companies to watch

TransferWise, which recently closed a $6m funding round led by PayPal founder Peter Thiel, allows individuals and companies to send money oversees for a fraction of the fee charged by banks and Western Union. The trick is that much of the money transferred does not cross borders: if ...

Terasem, Transhumanism and the Singularity: Technology and Religion

People like Google’s Larry Page and PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel are investing in projects focused on life extension and rejuvenation. A portrait of Bina and Martine Rothblatt (left to right) photographed in April 2010. George Tolbert Portraits on the wall of Terasem’s Florida ...

Top Twitter execs, big shareholder won't sell soon

Twitter is trying to avoid the fate of rival Facebook Inc. The social networking site's largest outside investors, including Peter Thiel and Accel Partners, sold large chunks of their stakes at the earliest opportunity after the company's 2012 IPO, while the stock was already falling. ...

Snupps inventory app 'helps you organise your stuff'

Amr has made early stage investments in a number of startups including Jumio, Palantir (founded by Peter Thiel) and QBeats. Snupps is available for free on iOS devices and the web...

The Startup Powering App Stores For Comcast And Samsung Raises $35 Million

And while you’ve probably never heard of AppDirect, investors have: the company just raised $35 million in a Series C round led by Mithril Capital Management, Peter Thiel’s growth stage investment firm. The large amount of funding is intended to keep ramping up both the number of ...

Deals of the day: La Quinta prices low IPO The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

Tiger Global led the deal, and was joined by existing shareholders like Benchmark, Matrix Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners and Peter Thiel. Read more. Crittercism, a San Francisco-based provider of mobile app performance management solutions, has raised $30 million in Series C ...

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